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Feedback: Way to Improve

When I get feedback on something, I have found that I can often improve doing that something.

The feedback I am thinking about is the feedback where you give suggestions to another person on ideas to improve. Examples of feedback could be: “Here are some suggestions to improve your resume,” or “Here are some suggestions to improve your application,” and so on. The suggestions still allow the person to decide if they want to use the advice or not.

When I searched for a job position, sometimes the only feedback I would get from a job search was a lot of rejections. I would not get any other type of feedback in a job search–like ways to improve a cover letter, ways to improve an application, or ways to improve an interview.

The job search itself would provide no additional feedback except for rejections.

I have sometimes found it helpful to get feedback from other sources – Some of the other sources can be:

  • Friends
  • Family
  • Career Coaches (or career counselors)
  • Career experts at the Workforce Development office
  • Feedback from a job club (a job club is a social club that helps people find job positions)
  • Career expert from career associations (a career association where members are from a particular profession)
  • Talk to people in the profession you have an interest in going into

In conclusion, I have found getting feedback in my job search could improve my job search. So, if you are having difficulty with your job search, consider getting feedback.

 

Happy Easter 2022 (or whatever holiday you celebrate)

Have a wonderful Happy Easter
(Or have a wonderful holiday on whatever holiday you celebrate)
I spent this week celebrating Easter with friends and family for me.

Next week, a new post will appear; may everyone have a wonderful week.

Happy Easter to everyone who celebrates the holiday.
Happy Holiday to whatever people may celebrate for those who do not celebrate Easter.

May everyone have a wonderful week.

 

Benjamin Franklin – Effective no matter what your age

Going to post something a little different from talking about remote careers; going to talk about history this week.

Filmmaker Ken Burns Benjamin Franklin Series

Filmmaker Ken Burns had a recent grad documentary about Benjamin Franklin this past week on PBS.
The show series is two episodes for those interested in watching the show.
You can watch the episodes online at the following address:

Web site Address: https://www.pbs.org/kenburns/benjamin-franklin/#watch

The two episodes are:

(1) Episode 1 | “Join or Die” (1706-1774)

(2) Episode 2 | “An American” (1775-1790)

The show is an excellent show about Benjamin Franklin, and I would encourage anyone interested in American Revolutionary War history to watch the show.

Benjamin Franklin, an American Hero

Busy time of life for me, so I used a past post about Benjamin Franklin.

On July 4, the day we celebrate the United States Independence from England, people may think about the American Revolutionary War. I enjoy reading about the heroes of the American Revolutionary War. One hero of the American Revolution War I enjoyed learning more about is Benjamin Franklin–here was a hero who was an inventor, took part in the American revolutionary activities, and was a successful business owner.

Effective at any age 

Benjamin Franklin was involved in many of the American Revolution activities at an age when people may consider a person no longer able to contribute or be effective in society; some examples are

  • 1776–Declaration of Independence (Benjamin Franklin was 70 years old)
  • 1776–Diplomat to France (Benjamin Franklin was 70 years old)
  • 1783–Treaty of Pairs–ends the American Revolutionary War (Benjamin Franklin was 77 years old)
  • 1787–United States Constitution Convention (Benjamin Franklin was 81 years old)

For me, Benjamin Franklin can be an example of what you can do, no matter your age. Regardless of what age a person may be, a person can be influential and contribute to society–just like Benjamin Franklin.

Way to Evaluate College Classes

You may decide to take college classes remotely to help you with a remote career you may want to pursue.
Here is an idea to evaluate time commitments for college courses.

Colleges (or universities) can vary in their policies; please evaluate your specific college to see if the ideas here will work for you.

College courses can vary in their time commitments. The same college courses taught by different college instructors may vary in their time commitments.

Students may have a choice in what classes they would like to take that would satisfy their course of study. Courses of study could be certificates, degrees, or other recognition for students taking courses.

College may offer the ability to sign up for a class; then drop a class before paying for it.

Colleges may provide students with a short evaluation period between when they sign up for the course and when they have to drop the course before paying for it. Students can use this evaluation period to decide if they want to take the course or not.

Syllabus

The syllabus is an essential document for a college class. The syllabus gives vital information about the college class. The syllabus can have information like grading policy, what materials will be covered in the course, and schedule when assignments are due.

If you have

  • Choice as to what college class you can take to fulfill a course of study (you have a group of courses you can choose from)
  • You can sign up for a course and drop it later without paying for it.
  • And you can pay for class books and other materials after deciding what classes you decide you want to take. You do not need the class materials right away.

If you have the above choices, you may want to consider the following idea:

You can sign up for more classes than you plan to take for that college term. You intentionally decide to sign up for more courses than what you plan to study for that college term; you intend to drop some college courses.

You can use this evaluation period to obtain information in two areas:

  • Syllabus – you can get the syllabus and see the course requirements.
  • Instructor teaching style – you can evaluate the instructor’s teaching style.

You then can have more information to evaluate a class. You can then decide what course works for you.

In conclusion, you may be able to use a short evaluation period between when you can sign up for a course and then drop the course before paying for the course. You can use this evaluation period to understand the time commitments for the course better.

 

Time Travel and Light Speed

Been a busy time of life for me; going to use a past post about science for this week.

Going to post something a little different from talking about remote careers; today like to talk about space.

I am not a physicist–and the mathematics of physics gets me lost–I do not understand the math.

I enjoy physics from an amateur (or lay-person) viewpoint. I enjoy learning about physics ideas that are believed to be true–but do not seem to make sense from my common sense perspective.

Time Travel is possible for the Future

One idea is dealing with time; from my personal experience, time travels into the future is impossible. Time goes at a steady pace in the future; the clocks go at the same speed. You may read about time travel in the world of fiction, but in the world of reality – time is consistently going at the same rate in the future. No matter what you are doing – the time clock moves simultaneously into the future.

So, when I hear science mention that time can travel at different rates in the future, this does not fit my common-sense observation of what I see–and it is one feature of physics that I enjoy.

Time can travel at different rates in the future when traveling at light speed (or come close to it).

Strange things can happen when a person can travel at light speed.

As I understand it, time can travel at different rates of speed going into the future. You cannot go back in time, but can travel into the future at varying rates of speed. If I understand it and the physics is correct, you can build a time machine going into the future but not the past.

(Not sure of the specifics dealing with the math; give an example to express an idea)

If you are traveling in a ship at light speed, you may believe that you were traveling for one day, while people on planet Earth would think that you were traveling for several years. Time travels at a slower speed inside the spacecraft than outside the spacecraft.

Time can travel at different rates into the future when going at light speed (or close to it).

One place on the Internet that explains this is from a science show called Cosmos by Carl Sagan. (It was a science program done in the 1980s).

YouTube has a video about this; you can find it at:

YouTube Title: Carl Sagan – Cosmos – Traveling – Speed of Light
YouTube Channel: carlsagandotcom
YouTube Video Address:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lPoGVP-wZv8

Sometimes fact is stranger than fiction. I hope people enjoy it.

Remote Job Positions: Source of Information

You may gain helpful information by looking at the remote job positions. Let us look at what useful information you may gain from remote job positions.

Knowledge of a specific opportunity

Most people know one advantage of a remote job position is knowledge of a specific job opportunity. The remote job position may allow you to earn income in a remote career.

Knowledge of the demand of a career 

You may gain ideas of the demand in a career by evaluating the search results for job positions in that career from job sites. If a remote career produces many job positions from a job search, you may consider it a high-demand career. If a remote career produces few job positions (or none) from a job search, you may consider it a low-demand career. The number of job positions found in a job search may give ideas on how much demand exists in a remote career.

You may benefit from doing various job searches on different job sites. Limiting your job search to only one job site may give you a mistaken view of the demand for jobs in the remote career you are looking for.

Job sites can have different focuses. If you can learn about the remote career field you are interested in, you may know which job sites focus upon your remote career. You may understand a remote career field by reading career articles and informational interviews.

Skills needed for jobs in a particular remote profession

You may gain knowledge of some skills necessary to enter a remote career by looking at the job positions in that remote career. I suggest finding 5- 7 job positions that interest you in a particular remote career.

You can take this group of 5-7 job positions and evaluate the following questions:

  • What skills do you need in the job positions?

You can see in the job positions what skills you need.

  • How essential are the skills?

You can evaluate how critical the skills are by the number of times that skill is shown in the job positions you are evaluating. For example, let’s say you are evaluating seven job positions. You may consider a skill found in all seven jobs to be more critical than a skill found in only one job position.

You can list these skills on a piece of paper. You can evaluate what skills you have and what skills you may need to get additional training.

Consider Other Career Exploration Methods 

You may consider other career exploration methods besides job openings in evaluating a remote career. Other career methods could include career articles and informational interviews.

In Conclusion

In conclusion, remote job positions may give you essential information in your job search. Remote job positions may provide information about opportunities, ideas on demand for a particular remote career, and skills needed to enter that remote career.

The Three C’s–Content, Communication & Connection

Classification Systems

Classifications can be a way to help a person organize information in a particular area; classifications can help a person understand a specific area better. You may find classifications in many places. For example, you may discover classification systems in books in a library, a folder in a file cabinet, or a file in a directory on a computer.

Different Remote Jobs

You can find many remote job positions; you may find many classification systems to describe remote jobs. Here is my attempt at a classification system to describe many remote job positions. I call the three C’s–Content, Communication, and Connection.

Content

These are remote job positions where the job focus is on a particular content. The job positions may focus on creating and editing specific content of some type or may deal with the content in their job positions. Content job positions have content as the center of their work activities. Examples of Content jobs could be:

  • Writer
  • Editor
  • Computer Programmer
  • Instructional Designer
  • Artist

Communication

Communication jobs focus on the transmission of information from one person to another. Often these jobs will have a person transmit information from one person to a larger group. Communication jobs can have feedback from people, so it is not entirely one-way communication, but the focus will be on the transition of information from one person to another. Examples of communication jobs are:

  • Teacher
  • Instructor
  • Presenter
  • Facilitator
  • Trainer

Connection

These are job positions where people will be in conversation (either talking or writing) with each other. People can converse in exchange for information, thoughts, and emotions. Often, connection jobs have conversations focused on accomplishing something. Connection jobs are usually one to one; or small group conversations. Examples of connection jobs are:

  • Counselor
  • Seller
  • Advisor
  • Customer Service
  • Medical Doctor
  • Attorney
  • Accountant
  • Consultant

The three C’s–Content, Communication, and Connection are a way to organize many remote job positions. Remote job positions may belong to many categories. For example, a remote job may teach a class (Communication) and create a written document (Content). A remote job may belong to many categories of the three C’s: Content, Communication, and Connection.

In conclusion, people may have different ways to organize remote jobs. People may have other classification systems to organize remote employment. I have a classification of remote jobs by the three C’s–Content, Communication, and Connection.

 

The Ultimate Comprehensive, Complete, Best, Great, Grand, Glorious Career Guide

Marketing Title Promises Many Things

When looking at career resources on the Internet, you may find different terms in the titles. You may find words like “complete,” “comprehensive,” or “ultimate” marketing terms used in the title of career resources. The marketing terms used in the title of these career articles promise you an excellent return for your effort in reading the career articles. You may find “ultimate” answers to your career needs by reading articles with “ultimate” in their article titles.

However, you may have a problem between the promises made in the title of the articles and the actual content of the articles. You may read a career article that proclaims itself in the title to be “complete,” “comprehensive,” or “Ultimate,” only to find out the article content is actually “ordinary,” “usual,” and “ok.” You can waste time reading “ultimate” career articles that cannot deliver upon their title promise, and the article gives you content that does not answer your career needs.

Is there a solution to this problem?

Yes, there is.

Yes, I am happy to announce a solution to the problem. So, I solved this problem. I did an in-depth analysis of the many career resources found in the Internet universe. From the far corners of the Internet universe, I gathered this information. I then did various careful, well-constructed summary studies to find the best way to present the information.

I have been able to create the ultimate career guide, The Ultimate Comprehensive, Complete, Best, Great, Grand, Glorious Career Guide. This guide will answer anyone’s career questions. This career guide is the best in the Internet universe today.

As a service to you, I would like to present a part of the content in this best guide. Here is the content:

This section is a question-and-answer section.

  • Question: What is the best way to design a resume?
    The Answer……….42

 

  • Question: What is the best way to develop a cover letter?
    The Answer……….42

 

  • Question: What is the best way to find a career expert?
    The Answer….…… 42

 

  • Question: What is the best pizza?
    The Answer……….42 and hamburger pizza

I hope this summary helps give you an idea of how valuable the ultimate guide can be. May The Ultimate Comprehensive, Complete, Best, Great, Grand, Glorious Career Guide be your guide for your reading needs. Thanks for reading. Thank you.

(For those who do not know)
Attempted humor based upon
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy 2005:
YouTube video called
“42 Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tK0urw144cU

Thanks for reading. Thank you.

 

Advanced Search Screen Feature: Find What You Are Looking For

You Do a Search

You may look for information. You may decide the Internet is a great place to find information. So, you go to Google (or some other type of search engine), type out your words in the search box, and start your search.
And you find……..nothing.

You do not find the results you want to see
What do you do?
Advance Search Screen Feature

You can consider an Advance Search Screen Feature. An Advance Search Screen Feature on some Internet search tools may give you more options to find the information. Two examples of Advance Search Screen Features are:
Google (www.google.com) and Indeed (www.indeed.com)

          Google- finding what you want

Google provides an Advance Search Screen Feature to help people find information.
You can access Google Advance Search Screen Feature by doing a Google search using the phrase “Advance Search screen for Google.”You then (hopefully) may get a search result that will lead you to an Advance Search Screen Feature.

Google Advance Search Screen Feature
www.google.com/advanced_search
You can see different search boxes giving you different ways to do a word search.
You determine what type of search you want to do by choosing a specific search box.

Some options that you can do a Google search can be:

  • All these words
  • This exact word or phrase
  • Any of these words
  • None of these words

Indeed–find your job easier with Advance Search Features

You may search for a job on a Job Board Website. The word search on a Job Board website gives you a job results that are ok. You get job positions in your job search that do not relate to the job positions you are attempting to find. One way to improve your job search results is to use an Advance Search Screen Feature on a Job Board website (if there is one). For example, Indeed is a job board website with an Advance Search Screen Feature.

 

          Ways to find Advance Search Screen Feature on Indeed

Go to www.Indeed.com
Do a Job search of some kind (does not matter what you searched for)
Fill in something for two search boxes, which are:

  • What–type of career you are interested in
  • Where–where you want the job to be located (or can type in “remote” for remote opportunities).

After doing one search, you will get a job search result.
You will notice a link that says, “Advanced Job Search”
Next to the “Find Job.” search box.

Click on the “Advanced Job Search” link to go to the Advance Job Search Screen Feature

Another way find the Indeed Advanced Job Search Screen Feature

You can also do a Google search using a search phrase like “Advance Search screen for indeed.” You may find a search result that has the Advance Search Screen Feature for Indeed.

Indeed.com Advance Search Screen Feature

https://www.indeed.com/advanced_search
You see different search boxes giving you different ways to search for word terms. Some examples are:

  • With all of these words
  • With the exact phrase
  • With at least one of these words
  • With these words in the title (this option can help narrow a search by searching word search terms in the job title only)

In conclusion, Advanced Search Screen Features in search tools may help you find your information more accessible. You may use Advance Search Screen Features in search engines like Google or job boards like Indeed.

 

Tips and Ideas: Company Web Site Job Listing and Financial Help 211 Telephone United Way System

Hello everyone, this week’s blog will cover two topics that I like to describe. The two ideas are:

  • The Company Web site job listing
  • Financial Help 211 Telephone United Way System

The Company Web site job listing

You will find job listings on the Internet in many places. Here are some advantages of finding job positions on a company website.

More Detailed Job Description

First, you may sometimes have a job position in several locations on the Internet. Occasionally, you may find more details about a job position from the company’s website than other locations where the job is located.

Find other similar job opportunities.

Second, check out the company’s website for other job positions. You may have discovered a job position that interests you from a job board (like Indeed, LinkedIn, and so on). You then apply for the job. Examine the company of the job position you just applied for. You then can go to that company’s web page to look for their job listings. You may find more job positions in the field you are looking for by looking at the company’s website. For example, you may find a trainer’s job position interesting on Indeed.com. You then apply for the job position. You will notice the company in that job position. Go to the company’s webpage listed on the job position. You may find other trainer job positions found on that company’s website.

United Way 211 Telephone System
(For those in the United States and Canada)

Sometimes when you are job searching, you may experience difficulties. You may need resources to help you with financial, career help, and other needs while job searching. A social service system that may help you is the United Way 211 telephone system. You can access the 211 telephone system simply by typing “2-1-1” on your telephone. You can talk to a person who can assist you in matching your needs with your local community’s local social service resources.

Internet resources that give more details are:

 

As a service to our readers (or listeners who are listening to this information), I would like to duplicate two paragraphs of information.

From the Federal Communications Commission web page (it is in italic):

Dial 211 for Essential Community Services

In many states, dialing “211” provides individuals and families in need with a shortcut through what can be a bewildering maze of health and human service agency phone numbers. By simply dialing 211, those in need of assistance can be referred, and sometimes connected, to appropriate agencies and community organizations.

Dialing 211 helps direct callers to services for, among others, the elderly, the disabled, those who do not speak English, those with a personal crisis, those with limited reading skills, and those who are new to their communities.

211 is available to approximately 309 million people, which is 94.6 percent of the total U.S. population. 211 covers all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. To find out whether 211 services are offered in your area and to obtain more information, visit 211.org.

How 211 Works

211 works a bit like 911. Calls to 211 are routed by the local telephone company to a local or regional calling center. The 211 center’s referral specialists receive requests from callers, access databases of resources available from private and public health and human service agencies, match the callers’ needs to available resources, and link or refer them directly to an agency or organization that can help. 

Types of Referrals Offered by 211 

  • Basic Human Needs Resources – including food and clothing banks, shelters, rent assistance, and utility assistance.
  • Physical and Mental Health Resources– including health insurance programs, Medicaid and Medicare, maternal health resources, health insurance programs for children, medical information lines, crisis intervention services, support groups, counseling, and drug and alcohol intervention and rehabilitation.
  • Work Support – including financial assistance, job training, transportation assistance and education programs.
  • Access to Services in Non-English Languages– including language translation and interpretation services to help non-English-speaking people find public resources (Foreign language services vary by location.)
  • Support for Older Americans and Persons with Disabilities – including adult daycare, community meals, respite care, home health care, transportation and homemaker services.
  • Children, Youth, and Family Support– including child care, after-school programs, educational programs for low-income families, family resource centers, summer camps and recreation programs, mentoring, tutoring, and protective services.
  • Suicide Prevention – referral to suicide prevention help organizations. Callers can also dial the following National Suicide Prevention Hotline numbers which are operated by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services:
  • 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255)
  • 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433)
  • 1-888-SUICIDE (1-888-784-2433)
  • 1-877-SUICIDE (1-877-784-2432) (Spanish)

Those who wish to donate time or money to community help organizations can also do so by dialing 211.
(From https://www.fcc.gov/consumers/guides/dial-211-essential-community-services)

You may benefit from looking at the company job listings for those companies you are interested in obtaining employment from. Benefits could include having a more detailed job description and finding other similar job positions in your career field. And if you are having financial difficulties, consider the 211 United Way telephone system that may connect you with local community resources to help you with your financial and career journey needs.